International Society For Endangered Cats

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Black-footed Kitten Lesson

Kitten practicing capture & killing skills with a large-eared mouse brought back by the mother "Lamu" in the background.

Black-footed kittens are somewhat more mature at birth than domestic kittens, and their development is rather fast. They are weaned at 2-3 months when the mother brings live mice back to the den.

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2 responses to “Black-footed Kitten Lesson

  1. mimi February 6, 2012 at 7:23 am

    I am loving these photos. How exactly are the kittens born more mature? Eyes open? Moving faster?

    • felids February 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      According to the literature, BFC kittens are able to crawl and hold their heads up on the day of birth, and their eyes open at 2-10 days of age. They can walk unsteadily but quite fast at 2 weeks, and climb 2 weeks later. By the time they’re a month old they spend much of their time playing, and begin to show an interest in solid food. If you’ve ever raised domestic kittens, you can appreciate how much quicker these little desert predators grow up!

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